How many Americans can afford nice vacations these days? Could part of the reason the rest of us have to tighten our belts be because we’re paying for things like sending FLOTUS, her daughters, and her mother on an all-expenses paid trip to China? It’s not the first O-POTUS family vacation we’ve paid for. From the Daily Mail:
According to Judicial Watch, it cost more than $11 million for the president and his wife to travel to Africa to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral in December of last year. According to the New York Daily News, the Obamas were only in Africa for ‘less than 13 hours.’
But that trip was nothing compared to a 2013 visit the Obamas made to the Dark Continent, which reportedly cost tax payer more than $100 million.
On the 2013 trip, some of the reported expenditures include the stationing of a Navy aircraft carrier off the coast of Africa equipped with a fully staffed medical trauma center, military cargo planes to fly a fleet of 56 support vehicles to transport the Obamas – complete with 14 limousines and three trucks carrying bulletproof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the Obamas were to stay – and fighter jets that flew in shifts to provide coverage over the president’s airspace for the entire trip.
In June, the first lady went to Ireland for a two-day trip. The cost to taxpayers: $5 million.
Michelle Obama reportedly stayed at a $3,300-per-night hotel in Dublin, and needed to book 30 rooms at the posh Shelbourne Hotel for her staff and security detail.
For two vacations the Obamas took in 2013 – one to Hawaii and one to Martha’s Vineyard – records show that it cost taxpayers a whopping $7,396,531 in flight expenses alone. That figure also includes travel expenses for the president’s trip to California to file the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
During an August trip to California, during which Obama attended a party held by Democratic fundraiser Jeffrey Katzenberg and again appeared on the Tonight Show, taxpayers paid more than $2 million in travel expenses for the president and his security detail.
Have you ever paid $3,300 a night for a room plus renting 30 more for your entourage? If we can’t do that, why should we pay for them to do so? They aren’t royalty; rather, they’re public servants. That’s a term seldom used these days. And aren’t there better uses for our money? How about spending the money saved by not sending them on vacation on food stamps for hungry families? And how many months of unemployment, social security, or healthcare subsidies could their travel expenses have covered? It’s a gigantic waste of money that will be added to the national debt. Our children and grandchildren will be paying interest on their vacations.
It’s not just the current POTUS and FLOTUS that inspired this rant. It’s politicians in general and their disregard for the average American. They’re like a bunch of disgusting insects you can’t get rid of. They invade your house, eat your food, and defecate all over everything they can’t eat.
So, we’re paying for FLOTUS and fam vacation, but we don’t even get good photos from it. From the Washington Examiner:
Reporters say that they have been blocked from events, screamed at by officials, held back with red tape and told not to move from prepositioned lookouts, possibly to avoid taking embarrassing photos.
It seems that one of the embarrassments was this hot-selling t-shirt:
According to the Washington Examiner:
“Several merchants denied carrying such items, but one merchant quietly took this correspondent to the back of her tent and showed off a whole box of the popular, normally seen t-shirts,” [a McClatchy reporter] reported. “As we were negotiating prices…other merchants came by, and in Chinese, told her to be careful. The merchant became visibly rattled and put the t-shirts away.”
Perhaps Michelle O wouldn’t have been embarrassed by the shirt. Her red dress seems to indicate her solidarity with her communist comrades:
Notice the daughters are also wearing varying amounts of red. And where is FLOTUS-mom? Do they make her stay in her room? Considering the type of rooms we rent for them, perhaps that wouldn’t be so bad. She could happily spend the day there, ordering room service on our dime.
Perhaps for their next vacation they could invite a token serf to go with them. Not only could the serf keep FLOTUS-mom company, but at least one of the rest of us would get to enjoy one of these trips we work so hard to pay for.